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Lexington mayor prioritizes federal funding based on ‘community needs’ and ‘city’s financial stability’

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton has set her priorities for how federal money will be spent following last week’s announcement by Gov. Andy Beshear that Kentucky cities will receive funding for expenditures related to the coronavirus. During a press conference at Lexington City Hall, Gorton laid out her recommendations for how the money should be spent. “Funding for the...

Eastern Kentucky lags significantly behind rest of Kentucky and nation in census response

By Ron Daley Special to KyForward Eastern Kentucky is significantly lagging the state and other parts of the nation in responding to the U.S. Census which will determine future federal funding as well as representation in federal and state legislative seats. According to data filed by the U.S. Census on April 7 the 5th Congressional District representing eastern Kentucky response rate as only 34.9%...

Deborah Stein: Federal dollars for your community depends on it — Everyone Counts in the Census

This spring, early childhood educators can help secure crucial funding and reduce inequities for the next decade when they work to count all young children in the 2020 Census. When all young children are counted, their communities then get their fair share of over 800 billion dollars a year in federal funding that is allocated based on US Census data. The funds go to various programs that remediate...

U.S. Census forms coming to mailbox; fill it out — every person counts, our state needs accurate count

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear is encouraging Kentuckians to participate in the U.S. Census, which takes place every 10 years, with everyone getting a notification to participate coming in the mail over the next week or so. 
Beshear told reporters why it’s so important to get counted. 


“The U.S. government distributes more than $675 billion in federal funding, based on...

John Mountjoy: 2020 census is critical for Head Start in Kentucky; it determines the level of funding

In April of next year, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin the decennial census of every household in the United States. While the census will be used for several governmental determinations such as apportionment of Congressional seats, the data is also incredibly important to Head Start programs around the country. Why? Because the accuracy of the census will determine the level of federal funding...

Demonstration planned in Louisville on Aug. 31 for FED UP! International Overdose Awareness Day

Advocates in concert with International Overdose Awareness Day will demonstrate for a more forceful federal response to the opioid addiction epidemic on Aug. 31 in Louisville. The rally will take place at Jefferson Park (corner of 6th and Jefferson) from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and is organized by Emily Walden with Stoppnow (Stop the Organized pill pushers now). It will be one of dozens that are scheduled...